Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rereading Books - Problem or Not?

Is it bad to reread the same books over and over again?  Two of  the women that I work with were discussing the Harry Potter books and mentioned that a lot of young adults/teenagers get hooked on the books and read them over and over again.  (I admit, I've read the entire series several times.)  They were discussing it like it was a problem, but I don't know if it is a problem on its own.  (Though I think rereading the "Twilight" series over and over would be a problem.  Sorry, I'm not a fan.  I was for a time, but the last book was horrible.  In my opinion, it was like Spiderman 3 - it shouldn't have happened.)

If someone ONLY reads the same book over and over, they won't really expand their knowledge, but maybe the person just really loves that book.  I admit that I have read "The Immortals" Series by Tamora Pierce at least ten times and I feel like I catch something different each time I read it.  Also, I love the story.  It captivates me and I can clearly imagine each character and their struggles, heartache and romance, adventure and pain.

Also, what is the importance of reading?  As a writer, if we aren't reading - we are losing something.  I have not really done any reading that I've wanted to do all semester.  The past three weeks, I have not been able to write anything.  The one thing that I wrote was two pages and it had no life to it.  Yesterday, I picked up a book in my room and I sat down to read it.  Granted I have already read the book and didn't like it, I felt like I wanted to read it.  I still can't finish it because the plot really is terrible, but it felt so good to be reading again!  And I realized that if I'm not reading - I can't write.  Writers are readers.  That's part of the reason that we want to write because we love stories. 

In my opinion, it's okay to reread a book if you really enjoy it, but we should also try reading other books and finding other stories that inspire us to write.  It's really important.  Reading is the writer's bread and butter. 

After two hours of reading yesterday, I was able to pick up that story I've been working and I read it again, seeing how dead the writing was.  I edited it, making the story come to life.  I might finally be getting past my writer's block.  I wanted to continue writing and I haven't been that way in almost a month.  :)

What do you think about rereading a book?  Do you think writers have to be readers?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How do Moms do it?

I've been watching my little brother and sister all week (until this Saturday) while my parents are on a cruise and I've been so busy!  I am definitely more thankful for the mom's out there that write.  I am finally sitting down for some "me" time this afternoon to start writing again after my two week drought.  Hopefully it goes well.

I just wanted to say to all of you Moms that write, you guys inspire me! :)

Here's a funny video I found while procrastinating a little today.  Hope it makes you smile!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Elusive and Stubborn Writer's... Block

Not exactly like this... but close. :)
I'm stuck.  I know that some of you probably don't believe in writer's block, but I am officially stuck.  Everything I've written the past week has been terrible and I literally delete it all.  I can't seem to find my writing "groove" again. 

In some ways, I think it's been understandable to have some difficulty since the death of my friend, but it's been two weeks and I want to write again.  I just can't seem to get motivated or inspired to write like I normally do.  It's like my hands and my head don't want to agree anymore. 

I can't even make this blog post seem creative... gaaaaah!

Help? 

How do you overcome writer's block?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Be Thankful Blogfest - Week Three

Yes, I know that I missed week two with everything going on, but I wanted to continue my "Be Thankful" Blogfest!

THE RULES



1.  Post one (or more) blog posts about what you are thankful for.  I encourage you to do one a week for the month of November to help you remember what you are thankful for.  (see below)
2.  Link your post in the comments below so I and others can read it. :)
3.  Share this challenge with a friend to see if they can think of something to be thankful for!
4.  Enjoy the thankful Turkey image and add him to your post!

Here are the topics for each week of November -
Week One - A person you are thankful for
Week Two - A gift (talent) you are thankful for
Week Three - List of ten random things you are thankful (this is the post you can be thankful for pizza or chocolate) and why you are thankful for them
Week Four - The thing you are most thankful for in your life (it can be another person, a place or anything else that you can think of)


 
10 Random Things I am Thankful For (Not in any order)
1.       Pineapple – I love fresh pineapple!
2.       My collection of toe socks
3.       My Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager DVD collection – I’m a nerd :)
4.       The Lord of the Rings – enough said!
5.       Cookie dough ice cream
6.       My eleven-year-old cocker spaniel, Lacey
7.       My stuffed hippos – Chubby, Bert, and Emmy
8.       The stars in night sky
9.       Rainy days
10 .   Spray that kills spiders

What are ten random things that you are thankful for?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Blog Award and Update

Sorry that I've been absent for the last week.  The funeral was on Saturday and it was good, though it was very difficult.  Seeing his wife following the casket as tears poured down her cheeks was extremely hard.  I also didn't know that they were going to read letters written to Chris and his wife.  The first letter they read was mine.  It made me weep even more.  But it helped to hear my own words of comfort to him.  Death isn't permanent.  I'll see Chris in heaven someday and that gives me hope.  Also, I feel like I've been mourning him since I found out two months ago that he was drying.  It actually helped.  I still have trouble singing worship songs at church or listening to other music that reminded me of him, but it will pass and I'll be okay.  Thank you for your prayers.

In happier news, I got an award from the lovely Francesca Zappia at Zap's Lobster Tank (I love her blog name!)  Her blog posts always make me smile and she's an awesome writer!  You should check her out!

Now, I get to give this blog award to some people!


1.  Cynthia Lee
2.  J.A. Bennett
3.  Angela Brown
4.  Tara Tyler
5.  Krista

Hope you enjoy the award!  You all deserve it!

And I will be back to posting regularly soon. :)  I want to get back into writing again.  Writing is therapeutic. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

In the arms of Jesus

My friend, Chris, that has been fighting brain cancer went into the arms of Jesus last night.  If you would, please pray for his wife, Pamela and everyone that loved him. 

My favorite picture of him and I
Thank you.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Life is Short

I am reminded today that I need to be thankful for each day that I have.  God only gives us so many days and it is only for him to know the number of days we have.  My friend is fading and I can't help but feel sorrow.  I wish I could do something other than pray for him and his wife, to ease his passing.  Pamela posted something that I want to share with you:

If I may offer one piece of advice in life...do not wait. Do not wait for anything-find your priorities, and make them happen. Find a way to take the trip to New Orleans, or Disney World. Get the project around the house done, play that game with your family. Have a family. Do not wait-because if you do, life will run time out on you. We are here such a short time, some shorter than others. Make the most you can of the time you have!

I can't tell you how much this is affecting me and how important her words are.  I really do need to start my life and stop just waiting for it to happen.  I'm waiting for someone to discover my book, I'm waiting for a husband, and I'm waiting for money to take my trip to New Zealand.  I have to stop waiting and make a change.  Make those things happen.  I've been concerned about graduating and having no job.  Heck, the movie theater turned me down already.  But I have to get the money, whether I move home until then and eat ramen noodles, I will get the money for my trip and I'm gonna go to New Zealand and see the beautiful land and love every moment of it.  

And I'm gonna serve God while I do it.  I've not felt such distance from God than in the past few months and it makes me feel terrible because I don't wanna feel anything.  I don't wanna trust Him because I don't wanna lose my friend.  But God doesn't make deals.  He sees the bigger picture and he knows that I'm struggling, but he's here for me each moment and holding me.  God is strong when I am weak.  

I can't sit around and wait for life.  Life is too short to be wasted and I'm gonna do something with my life.  I'm thankful that I could know Chris and love him.  He's not gone yet, but he'll hold a special place in my heart.  

It's time to stop feeling alone and run back to God's waiting arms.  I don't wanna waste my life.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Be Thankful Blogfest - Week One

Welcome to the first post of my "Be Thankful" Blogfest!  You can read the original post here about why I decided to do this. 

THE RULES


1.  Post one (or more) blog posts about what you are thankful for.  I encourage you to do one a week for the month of November to help you remember what you are thankful for.  (see below)
2.  Link your post in the comments below so I and others can read it. :)
3.  Share this challenge with a friend to see if they can think of something to be thankful for!
4.  Enjoy the thankful Turkey image and add him to your post!

Here are the topics for each week of November -
Week One - A person you are thankful for
Week Two - A gift (talent) you are thankful for
Week Three - List of ten random things you are thankful (this is the post you can be thankful for pizza or chocolate) and why you are thankful for them
Week Four - The thing you are most thankful for in your life (it can be another person, a place or anything else that you can think of)

 AND NOW.... Here is my week first entry!


Week One - A person you are thankful for

For this first post, I decided to post about my little brother and sister.  I am very thankful for Hunter and Alyson, who are five and seven.

One of my old favorites of Hunter, sucking his thumb

Alyson with her dance recital flowers, 2010


Hunter and Alyson are adopted, but I love them just as much as my other siblings.

Alyson came to live with us when she was just fifteen months old.  Her mother dropped her off at DHS and never came back.  I can remember the first time that I saw her.  My older sister, Stephanie, and I pulled open the van door, expecting this little blond hair and blue eyed baby, but found Aly.  I loved her the moment I saw her.  I loved putting Alyson to bed when she was so tiny.  I would always hold her in my arms and sing to her before tucking her into her crib.  She's almost 8 years old and I love her!  We always have such wonderful conversations for a little girl and I get an excuse to play Barbies.

Hunter was six days old when he came to us, so small and quiet.  He was born drug affected and was taken from his mother.  I loved to hold him in my arms, though I thought he would break the first few times I held him.  I didn't want to hurt him.  He's adorable and I love him!  He's also so funny.  Hunter loves Buzz Lightyear and Woody, and he absolutely loves if you will sit down and read him a book.  I've not met a little boy that likes reading so much.  He's gonna follow in his big sister's footsteps and be a bookworm!

I am very thankful that God has given these two little angels to our family.  We are blessed to be able to give them the love that they deserve.

Who are you thankful for? 

I would love to read who you are thankful for!  Go ahead and post about it on your own blog, with the rules and post the link in the comments!  Or you can just leave me a comment about who you are thankful for! :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Be Thankful Blogfest

Your Thanksgiving Inventory

November!  Instead of doing a list of goals for writing, I decided to do something else this month.... and for the first time, I challenge you to do the same!

Have you ever stopped to take an inventory of your blessings?  Watch this little clip below.



Blessings... I definitely don't think I take the time to thank God for my blessings and I really do have a lot of blessings.  I need to take my Thanksgiving Inventory.  So, that's what November is about!  Instead of focusing on "I need to buy presents and make sure that I've got a list prepared for everyone who wants to buy me a gift", I am going to be thankful for what I've got.

THE RULES

1.  Post one (or more) blog posts about what you are thankful for.  I encourage you to do one a week for the month of November to help you remember what you are thankful for.  (see below)
2.  Link your post in the comments below so I and others can read it. :)
3.  Share this challenge with a friend to see if they can think of something to be thankful for!
4.  Enjoy the thankful Turkey image and add him to your post!

Here are the topics for each week of November -
Week One - A person you are thankful for
Week Two - A gift (talent) you are thankful for
Week Three - List of ten random things you are thankful (this is the post you can be thankful for pizza or chocolate) and why you are thankful for them
Week Four - The thing you are most thankful for in your life (it can be another person, a place or anything else that you can think of)

Does that sound fun?  Did I mention that there is a prize for the person that is most thankful?  Okay, there's not a prize, but you might get at least one new follower (Me, if I'm not already following you) and you really get to enjoy the month of November!

Go ahead and let me know in the comment section if you want to participate!  Tune back in tomorrow for my Week One post about a person that I am thankful for. :)

~Krista